Simon Waters
Residential  | Commercial  |  New Build  |  Extensions

This site gives a glimpse of what we do in a range of building types. Rather than glossy images, it is intended to explain the process of how an architect really works.

We offer decades of experience in how to avoid the pitfalls of building. Known for staying on budget, Simon works directly with you throughout the project.

For new buildings he will spend time with you to truly understand what you want to achieve before any drawings commence.

On the other hand, if your project is an extension it can be very helpful at the outest to discuss the feasibility to ensure you go down the right path. 

Contact Simon to discuss your brief and ask for a fixed fee quote. 


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Melbourne   03 9815 0633

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Ethereal Japanese garden in our Kazari project, 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran. Part gallery, part restaurant with sculpture, fabrics  and antiques to delight the senses.

Projects of Interest 
Corio Distillery 

This grand old dame had slowly drifted into obscurity, once the largest distillery in the southern hemisphere. The huge copper stills remain but gave way to a salt works in the 1980's. In recent years the main buildings, of grade A historic importance, have been standing empty, waiting for someone, anyone to come up with a new use to revive such a fabulous asset.

 We are excited to be working on a grand plan of revival which will be announced shortly. A veritable hornet's nest of regulations and overlays to navigate but there is every chance that our scheme will save this amazing property and generate local employment with a bit of good will from the many stakeholders involved. The main historic building has a staggering 8,000 sqm of floor space, spread over 4 levels, dating from 1927.

Stage One approval has been issued for a museum on the ground & first floors generating local employment and community interest. In association with the car & industrial museum its likely there will be some classic car storage available to car clubs and private owners. Stay tuned for the grand opening....
Young Family


About to start construction, this delightful brick Californian bungalow is being extended to cater for a new arrival.

At the Beach


Proposed major renovation to a beach house at Queenscliff with amazing ocean views. Adjoining houses were modeled in 3D enabling VR presentation to the neighbors. For construction 2019 - Combining the solidity of rammed earth with the lightness of weatherboard.


South view of proposed house with its flanking neighbors. The 3D model enabled extensive virtual reality studies, including sharing previews of how it looks from next door.

A good example of how to get along with your neigbors, rather than the all too common alternative. 

The rear elevation boasts unsurpassed views of the ocean with balconies at both levels and even an elevated edge pool.

A glass faced lift provides full disabled access to all three levels, the view unfolding over the dunes as you rise to the top.


New Dual Occupancy

Two luxury units in North Balwyn in honed bluestone. Construction now complete and about to be occupied. A tour de force in stone and Iron Bark timber. All thanks to the team, Icecorp and their wonderful subbies and of course our brilliant clients.

The family decided to replace their timber home on a corner site with two units. The plan is to occupy one and rent the other. Total cost for both units including landscaping: $1.3m.

We enjoyed working with owners Mark & Alia all the way from concept design, through permits, tendering and supervision to completion. This ensured competitive quotes from builders.

Architect: Simon Waters
Builder: Icecorp
Engineer: Andrew Daly
Landscape: Lisa Stafford
Land Surveyor: Peter Rickard
Building Surveyor: MBS

Retro Dual Occupancy


Recalling the Californian Bungalow style typical of the area, this project was recently approved after VCAT appeal. Packing quite a lot on a regular house site. Each townhouse has 3 levels complete with home theaters, gyms, lifts & dumb waiter, all the trimmings. 

The cost? $2.9m, quite reasonable at $3,400 / sqm, complete. Not without some controversy at the time, the design went through several iterations, the final version shown below in relation to its neighbors. Whilst many people oppose the side by side dual occ concept, we say it is a relatively harmless way of increasing density in our suburbs because the building bulk is typically in line with its neighbors, preserving reasonable open spaces, front & back.  Both dwellings have equal frontage, rather than one being relegated to the back of the site.


38 Kinkora Rd. $1m renovation to a lovely 1930's house we designed a few years ago, changing hands in Dec 2018. Heritage protected, the house was completely re-planned with a central hallway and large rear living space, repleat with floating fire place. A new lower level was added for cars, cellar and storage.

The Science of Floor Levelling
Converting an old warehouse in Hawthorn to a high tech IT studio.
Our expert contractors pouring levelling compound in the final stages of upgrading an old sloping slab  
to a reasonable standard for the new research office.

Penthouse Apartments
South Yarra

Completed recently with Body Corporate approval - two luxury high rise apartments merged together to form a much bigger one with a great north aspect, double balconies and stunning views of the Yarra and city beyond. You can sip champagne in the spa and take in a unique perspective on marvelous Melbourne.

Completion - A celebration of marble & sculpture, the spa has views of the city skyline.

3D Render - Our Cad perspective of the amazing view of the city from the spa of this penthouse apartment, before construction (not a photo). It accurately calculates sun penetration, combining 3D cad with photography.

Grace Park 

Hawthorn - this beautiful area has a rich heritage of Edwardian houses, their owners generally keen to preserve them. We have completed many major renovations on this estate which originated in the 1860's but this sale much later, possibly 1907.



The original Archicentre was a fine company, for decades introducing home owners to architects and providing valuable property inspection & design reports. It failed in 2016 but was re-launched within a few months as Archicentre Australia.

Read reviews of the current iteration AA. 


An alternative group of architects offers design reports you may find useful -
Architects Group Australia